An Interview by Dr H. Maheshwari

A interview by Dr H. Maheshwari, recorded in 2002 by Debashish Banerji.


Dr Hazarilal Maheshwari (known at the Sri Aurobindo ashram as Maheshwar, the name given to him by the Mother) was a versatile scholar of Indian Philosophy and of the teaching of Sri Aurobindo. He is well known to the community of truth-seekers for his works in English and Hindi on the Bhagavad Gita in the light of Sri Aurobindo. As a seeker, devotee and disciple of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, he served Them with integrity of knowledge, devotion and dynamic action throughout his life.

Dr. H. Maheshwari was born in March 1921 in U.P. He received M.A. in Philosophy with First Rank from Benares Hindu University in1945 and Ph.D. from Agra University. He was Professor & Head of the Department of Philosophy for 20 years in Patna and Agra Universities and after 1965 served as a Principal at the Institute of Oriental Philosophy at Vrindaban.

Maheshwar-ji came early under the influence of Sri Aurobindo, and came to stay at the Sri Aurobindo ashram after his retirement from Vrindaban in 1971. At the ashram, he was a professor of philosophy at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. He was steeped in the atmosphere of the Mother and of the ashram and toured extensively all parts of India, giving many talks at the centres and branches of the Sri Aurobindo Society. He also organized education camps for teachers of Integral Schools and was a member of the Advisory Committee of the Sri Aurobindo Institute of Research in Social Sciences. In the mid-90s, Maheshwar-ji was selected for the endowed chair for Sri Aurobindo studies at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University in Anand, Gujarat, and served there for a number of years. In 1992, Maheshwar-ji came to the US and installed the relics of Sri Aurobindo at the Sri Aurobindo Center of Los Angeles on 15th August, Sri Aurobindo’s Birthday. In May 2002, he took his eternal abode in his Master’s Consciousness. His main works: 1. Bhagavad Gita in the Light of Sri Aurobindo (Text & Translation); 2. The Gita’s Gospel in Sri Aurobindo’s Light (A Thematic Study); 3. Sri Aravinda ke Alok mein Gita ka Divya Sandesh (Hindi and translation in Marathi); 4. The Philosophy of Swami Rama Tirtha.

We take this opportunity to salute his poised yogic consciousness, sthita-prajna, and the sincerity, dedication and detailed perfection that was his life.

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